Shane Warne's Baggy Green Sells For More Than $1 Million For Bushfire Appeal
The baggy green that Shane Warne wore during his cricket test career has sold for more than $1 million at auction.
The King of Spin put up his beloved memento from the good ole days for bidding to raise money for the bushfire relief appeal. The winning bid ended up being $1,007,500.
Thankyou so much to everyone that placed a bid & a huge Thankyou / congrats to the successful bidder - you have blown me away with your generosity and this was way beyond my expectations ! The money will go direct to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou :heart: pic.twitter.com/vyVcA7NfGs- Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) 9 January 2020
According to news.com.au, that's more than double the amount legend Don Bradman's baggy green went for when it was sold for $425,000 in 2003.
Warnie wrote on Twitter: "Thank you so much to everyone that placed a bid & a huge Thank you/congrats to the successful bidder - you have blown me away with your generosity and this was way beyond my expectations!
"The money will go direct to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you."
The auction certainly escalated yesterday and two people were reportedly locked in a bidding war to claim the piece of sporting history.
Clearly someone really wanted the cap in their cabinet and they'll be very happy that the funds will be going towards a charity helping people getting back on their feet from the bushfire crisis.
Warnie revealed he couldn't sit back and do nothing as parts of the country burned and wanted to offer something more than just a financial donation.
He wrote on Instagram: "The horrific bushfires in Australia have left us all in disbelief.
"The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has touched us all. Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and over 500 million animals have died.
"Some of the images we're seeing are absolutely horrific."
But he admitted that it will be tough to part with the baggy green he wore for all those years.
"I cherish it," he told Channel 9. "It means the world to me but to give it up wasn't easy but what it could do is help out as much as I can. That's why I'm putting it up. And the bids have blown me away.
"So I thought what can I do and I thought something I treasure, something that's important to me and hopefully could raise a significant amount of money to help the Red Cross bushfire appeal is my baggy green cap."
Shane Warne is one of loads of Aussie celebrities that have given up something they love or offered something for this bushfire crisis.
There have been tennis players like Ash Barty who have pledged big sums of money, comedians and singers who are putting on benefit gigs and big name actors putting forward loads of cash to different agencies.
This will all help the people who need it most in their darkest hour.
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Featured Image Credit: Shane Warne/Instagram